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2018 Spirit of Volunteerism Nominees

60 Nominees with a “Heart for Service” honored by Helpline Center

The Helpline Center honored 60 individuals, groups and businesses during the 2018 Spirit of Volunteerism Awards, held on Tuesday, May 15, at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel and Convention Center. This year’s theme – A Heart for Service.

Volunteers were nominated by Black Hills area nonprofits and individuals in the community. Volunteers and businesses were nominated for their volunteer contributions to the community. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges in the following categories – Youth, Group, Adult Shining Bright, Adult Up and Coming, and Corporate Humanitarian.

The Youth Spirit of Volunteerism Award is sponsored by Scull Construction, Group Award by Black Hills Community Bank, Adult Shining Bright by Black Hills Energy, Adult Up and Coming by Regional Health, Commemorative Program by Midco and the Volunteer of the Month program is sponsored by Black Hills Urgent Care.

The 2018 Spirit of Volunteerism Award nominees are as follows by category:

Youth Award Nominees—

  • Abigale Baker nominated by Teen Up and United Way of the Black Hills
  • Megan Baloun nominated by Miss SD Junior High
  • Jessica Benson nominated by Rapid City Stevens High School
  • Anya Johnson nominated by Thrive
  • Kendel Norwood nominated by Big Life Church
  • Owen Ponto nominated by Natalie Slack
  • Nic Roush nominated by Love INC of the Black Hills
  • Ella Trithart nominated by Teen Up
  • Maycee Wieczorek nominated by Black Hills Area Community Foundation and Teen Up
  • Roman Zandstra nominated by The Salvation Army

Group Volunteer Award Nominees—

  • Altrusa nominated by Wellfully
  • Club 45 nominated by First Presbyterian Church
  • Conard “Gil” and Brenda Gilbert nominated by Cornerstone Apartments
  • Shift Garage Ministry nominated by Catholic Social Services
  • RC Woodworkers Association nominated by The Club for Boys

Corporate Humanitarian Award Nominees—

  • Black Hills Energy nominated by Allied Arts Fund and Lifescape
  • Black Hills Federal Credit Union nominated by American Cancer Society-Relay for Life
  • Black Hills Vinyl nominated by Abigail Nelson
  • Haugo Broadcasting nominated by Lifescape
  • Rapid City Rush Hockey nominated by Rapid City Area Schools
  • Scheels nominated by Youth and Family Services
  • Vast Broadband nominated by Black Hills Works and Black Hills Works Foundation

Adult Up and Coming Volunteer Award Nominees—

  • Jackson Bolstad nominated by Allied Arts Fund
  • Joe Doyle nominated by Allied Arts Fund
  • Zach Foust nominated by Pennington County Search and Rescue
  • Spencer Gossel nominated by Natalie Slack 
  • Robert Julius nominated by Rapid City Young Life and FIRST Robotics
  • Christine Koeck nominated by Wellfully
  • Thane Lees nominated by Special Olympics
  • Brett Oleson nominated by Black Hills Lacrosse Association
  • Adrian Romeyn nominated by Wellfully
  • Cheri Schuelke nominated by Rapid City Stevens High School Booster Club
  • Justin Snoke nominated by Lutheran Social Services- New Alternatives
  • Molly Thunderchief nominated by Cornerstone Apartments

Adult Shining Bright Volunteer Award Nominees—

  • Ron Burns nominated by Deadwood Chamber of Commerce
  • Kenneth Brown nominated by SDSMT Museum of Geology
  • JoVayne Cappa nominated by Suzie Cappa Art Center and Black Hills Works
  • Bernard Christner nominated by Black Hills Area Habitat for Humanity
  • Marie Fullenkamp nominated by The Hope Center
  • Clayton Heib nominated by Western South Dakota Senior Services-Meals on Wheels
  • Joan Irwin nominated by Historic Homestake Opera House
  • Shelly Ann Lokan nominated by Bethany Christian Services
  • Mary Linda McBride nominated by Allied Arts Fund
  • Gwendolyn Menke nominated by Seventh Circuit CASA
  • Joan Newland nominated by The Hope Center
  • Tammy Passamonte nominated by Passages Women’s Transitional Living
  • Pat Peel nominated by Regional Hospice
  • Peggy Pientok nominated by Youth and Family Services
  • Kara Sewell nominated by Wellfully
  • Christine Siim nominated Cornerstone Rescue Mission
  • Nancy Stephenson nominated by Rapid City Arts Council
  • Kenneth Vogele nominated by Black Hills Area Community Foundation
  • Linda Williams nominated by Western Resources for Independent Living

The Helpline Center Volunteer Connections program provides the critical link between those who want to volunteer and the agencies that need them. The Volunteer Connections program manages an online database of hundreds of volunteer opportunities in the Rapid City and Black Hills community. The public database can be accessed at Helpline Center Volunteer Connections also recruits volunteers through weekly emails and texts, provides volunteer manager trainings, organizes an annual volunteer expo and coordinates volunteer recognition events such as Spirit of Volunteerism Awards and Volunteer of the Month. For more information, please dial 211 or email

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